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I believe in practicing what I preach. I’ve been asking the Union to change things up, so I’ve been doing the same in these post-game news roundups. Last week, it was delivering the bad news in a good way. This week, I am not as kind…
The headlines and takeaways from Friday night’s 2-0 loss at home to NYCFC are simple and obvious: Jack Elliott started and Adam Najem played. Why talk about anything else? Here’s some postgame quotes, postgame videos, and some other recaps from MLSSoccer, the Daily Times, CSNPhilly (with a second article featuring players spouting cliches), BrotherlyGame, Section215, PattisonAve, and PhillyVoice.
The second goal allowed was on an inch-perfect shot from 53 yards out by David Villa. Patrick Vieira and Andrea Pirlo called it among the best goals they’ve ever seen. While some have blamed this on Andre Blake or used it to denigrate the MLS, the fact is that goals like this do get scored every now and then, and when it happens in any league other than MLS, all credit goes to the scorer. David Villa is a world class striker who hit an incredible ball. Give him the credit.
Earnie Stewart thinks the pressure on Jim Curtin is unfair. Maybe somebody should ask Earnie if there’s less pressure on Curtin because Earnie’s transactions have been so poor. UnionRumors would like to remind you that Earnie traded the Union’s 1st round pick this year for Charlie Davies. Charlie Davies has played 81 minutes for the Union since his acquisition last season.
Harrisburg City beat Bethlehem Steel 3-2 on a 90th minute goal. Many current and former Union players played for both sides, with Aaron Wheeler opening the scoring for HCI and newly-signed Pedro Ribeiro getting the assist on the game winner. More from Section215.
This year’s All-Star game will feature the best of the MLS, managed by Chicago Fire manager and former Union player Veljko Paunovic, against Real Madrid. The game will take place at Soldier Field in Chicago.
A recap of this weekend’s games. Minnesota United made trades to fix their weak spots and then started taking points. Ignacio Piatti returned for the Impact to help them get their first win, leaving the Union last to put one in the W column. Real Salt Lake won their second straight after bringing in an experienced, proven coach. Bastian Schweinsteiger continued to make an impact for Chicago Fire.
The MLS Players’ Union acknowledges that Tim Howard’s conduct leading to his 3 game suspension was inappropriate, but questions both fan and security conduct in the incident.
Around the globe
FC Cincinnati drew a crowd of 23,144 for their home opening 4-0 win. Striker Djiby Fall, acquired this off-season, scored the 4 goals in under 30 minutes and now has 6 goals in 4 games.
A tragic day for Panama and the global soccer community in general, as Panama midfielder Amilcar Henriquez was shot and killed this weekend.
Highlight of the day
Rachel Daly sets the bar for goal of the year on the first day of the NWSL season.